6 of Our Favourite Esther Mahlangu Collaborations

Over the years, we have witnessed renowned contemporary artist, Esther Mahlangu’s inspiring journey within the creative space. We’ve seen her add her distinctive touch on a number of local and globally acclaimed brand products; from British luxury vehicle brand, Rolls-Royce, to Albany Bakeries and British Airways.

Here, we take a look at some of our favourite Esther Mahlangu collaborations:

Esther Mahlangu x BMW Art Car

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26 years ago, Dr. Mahlangu became the first woman to design artwork on a BMW 525i Sedan, turning the vehicle into a unique, colourful moving piece of art. In 2016, the brand commissioned her once again to refine a BMW 7 Series, which was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair, taking place in London that same year. Alongside the BMW 7 Series, the original BMW 525i Art Car was also part of the exhibition.

Esther Mahlangu x Rolls-Royce

She was recently commissioned by the British luxury vehicle brand, to add her unique touch to the new Rolls-Royce Phantom. She became the first South African artist to be commissioned to create a painting for Rolls-Royce’s Phantom. The ‘Mahlangu’ Phantom was unveiled in February 2020, at The Melrose Gallery at One&Only, Cape Town, where it was on display from 13 to 16 February.

Esther Mahlangu x Belvedere Vodka & John Legend

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In 2017, the legendary contemporary artist teamed up with Belvedere and award-winning singer and Belvedere Red ambassador, John Legend for the #MakeADifference campaign. Her Ndebele-inspired artwork was displayed on a limited range of Belvedere bottles, where 50% of the proceeds went towards fighting Aids.

Esther Mahlangu x Albany

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In celebration of Heritage Month last year, Albany Bakeries, in partnership with Dr. Mahlangu awarded the Albany Packaging Award to NSA student, Jiyaad Greeff. Young artists were briefed to create a design inspired by the work of Esther Mahlangu. The brand printed the packaging of its Albany Superior White and Albany Superior Brown bread with the winner’s design.

Esther Mahlangu x British Airways

In 1997, Dr. Mahlangu’s paintings were showcased on the tails of British Airways airplanes.

Esther Mahlangu x Eytys

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The Swedish sneaker brand commissioned Dr. Mahlangu to create a special pair of sneakers embroidered with the artist’s unique artwork.

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